I haven’t posted much in the past couple of weeks.  I’ve been busy playing with power tools.

What am I talking about?  I’m talking about my new hobby- woodworking.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to try out for a while.  My last attempt at building something was in 8th grade shop class.  It was a VHS cassette storage rack (God, does that ever date me! Yes, Virginia, there really was a time when there were no DVDs).  It was terrible.  It was so lopsided that I had to glue the whole thing together and hope my shop teacher didn’t notice (I think he did, but I got pity points because I had a broken finger at the time).   At any rate, I figured it was time to give it another try.

The true instigator of this was that mice ate through our backyard lounge chairs over the winter, and we had nothing left to sit upon.  I love Adirondack chairs, but when I started looking online for them, I was a bit taken aback at the price.  I mean, $200 for a chair that’s going to sit outside?  No thanks!  So, I headed over to Woodcraft and picked up some plans for an Adirondack chair.  I then dusted off my Dad’s old table saw, which I believe is older than I am.  I made sure my tetanus shot was up to date.  I  took out my jig saw (also a gift from my Dad), which I believe has been used approximately zero times since we got it.

Well, about 7 hours and multiple trips to Home Depot later…I had this:

And I was pretty darned proud of it, if I do say so myself.

Well, I tend to get a bit…obsessed about things. So, I figured, if one chair is good, four chairs are better!  Eventually, about 2 weeks later, I ended up with this:

Some came out better than others, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with them.  It’s a vast improvement over a VHS cassette holder, at any rate.

Stay tuned for the next project.

Oh, and for anyone out there thinking of taking up this hobby…remember, safety first!  Eye protection, ear protection, and keep all body parts away from moving blades!

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